Zaplatosch Walk-Off Single Sends Arizona Home With a Loss
April 17, 2005
LOS ANGELES - A bases-loaded single by Emily Zaplatosch plated Caitlin Benyi with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and gave UCLA its second win over No. 2 Arizona in as many days in front of a sellout crowd at Easton Stadium. Sunday's 5-4 Bruin victory ups UCLA's record to 23-10 (4-4 Pac-10), while Arizona falls to 31-5 (5-4 Pac-10) on the season.
Arizona plated a run in the top of the first inning as Caitlin Lowe led off the game with a slap-hit single off of Bruin starting pitcher Lisa Dodd. Lowe was advanced to second base on a ground-out by Autumn Champion and came around to score on an RBI single down the right field line by Kristie Fox to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Bruin bats picked up right where they had left off on Saturday afternoon, as Caitlin Benyi drew a lead-off walk, went to second on a single by Andrea Duran and the pair of runners scored on a three-run home run by Emily Zaplatosch, her fifth home run of the season. Jodie Legaspi would then make it back-to-back home runs for the Bruins for just the third time this season, improving the UCLA lead to 4-1 after one inning of play.
UCLA notched two two-out hits in the bottom of the second inning from Benyi and Tara Henry, but Arizona starting pitcher Alicia Hollowell would recover to retire the next seven batters she faced, through the end of the fourth inning.
Dodd pitched well through four complete innings, but when she gave up a lead-off single to Champion in the fifth, she moved to first base, being replaced in the circle by UCLA freshman Anjelica Selden. Selden got Fox to fly out to center field, then struck out Shelly Schultz and Callista Balko to end the inning. Selden would not be so fortunate in the sixth inning, giving up a one-out home run to Candace Abrams, the first longball of the year for the Wildcats designated player.
Arizona came out swinging again in the top of the seventh inning, as Lowe led off the inning with a slap-hit single, followed by a walk to Autumn Champion. The pair advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and scored to tie the game on a single to right by Fox.. After an intentional walk to Schultz, pinch-runner Adrienne Acton and Schultz advanced to second and third on a passed ball before Selden recorded the first out of the inning by striking out Balko. Jennifer Martinez then grounded into a fielders choice with Acton out at the plate for the second out of the inning before Abrams fouled out to Jodie Legaspi to end the inning and the Wildcat threat.
In the bottom of the seventh inning of a 4-4 ball game, Caitlin Benyi led off the inning for UCLA by roping a single into left field for her second hit of the game. After going down 0-2 in the count, Tara Henry was able to draw a walk to Hollowell, putting Andrea Duran in the batters box for a showdown with Hollowell. After a 10-pitch at-bat that culminated in a bases-loading walk, Duran went to first and brought UCLA's hottest hitter, Emily Zaplatosch, to the plate. Zaplatosch wasted no time, putting the first pitch delivered by Hollowell into right field, plating Benyi for the 5-4 UCLA win.
Dodd pitched a solid four innings for UCLA on the day, allowing five hits and one run, striking out three and walking three. Selden earned the win, despite giving up the three-run lead, improving to 16-6 on the season. She pitched three innings, gave up three runs on three hits, striking out three and walking two (one intentionally).Hollowell took the loss for Arizona for the second consecutive day, dropping to 21-5 on the year.
UCLA continues its three-weekend homestand next weekend with single games against Washington on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23. Game time is scheduled for 1 pm on Friday and 2 pm on Saturday.
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